NADA board elects Westcott as chairman, McConnell as vice chairman for 2013
The National Automobile Dealers Association’s board of directors has elected David Westcott, 65, as chairman and Forrest McConnell III, 54, as vice chairman for 2013. Both were nominated unopposed in June.
Westcott is president of David Westcott Automotive with Buick, GMC and Suzuki franchises in Burlington, N.C. He is the 2012 NADA vice chairman and NADA director from North Carolina. He has been a dealer since 1981, and will be the sixth dealer from North Carolina to lead NADA.
The NADA board met in Chicago on Oct. 9 to formally elect the nominees.
McConnell is president of McConnell Honda and Acura in Montgomery, Ala. He is the 2012 chairman of NADA’s industry relations committee. He now is positioned to become NADA’s chairman in 2014.
The board also elected Jeff Carlson, a Ford-Lincoln and Subaru dealer in Glenwood Springs, Colo., as secretary. The other nominee was Gary Reynolds, a Subaru dealer in Lyme, Conn.
The board also re-elected George Nahas as treasurer. Nahas, a Chevrolet dealer in Wildwood, Fla., was the only nominee.
The newly elected officers will take office at the 2013 NADA convention, scheduled for Feb. 8-11 in Orlando.
PRESS RELEASE: North Carolina Auto Dealer David Westcott to Lead NADA in 2013
McLEAN, Va. (Oct. 16, 2012) – The National Automobile Dealers Association has elected David W. Westcott as chairman and Forrest McConnell, III, as vice chairman for 2013.
Westcott, owner of David Westcott Buick GMC Suzuki in Burlington, N.C., has been a new-car dealer since 1981. He currently represents North Carolina’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board.
“To be elected chairman of NADA is the highest honor I have ever achieved professionally,” Westcott said. “I’m excited about representing the new car and truck dealers in America next year.”
Westcott will be the sixth dealer from North Carolina to lead NADA.
“All dealers face many challenges today,” Westcott added. “I’m looking forward to working with all dealers, large and small, to keep our industry growing and prospering.”
McConnell, owner of McConnell Honda and Acura in Montgomery, Ala., represents Alabama’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board.
The election took place at a meeting of NADA’s board of directors in Chicago.
Westcott and McConnell will take office at the 2013 NADA Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., which runs Feb. 8-11. For more information, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
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